Mayor Pedro Segarra on Wednesday named Darrell V. Hill the city’s new chief operating officer, replacing interim leader Albert G. Ilg. Hill is the first person to the fill the position on a permanent basis since David Panagore’s departure in September 2012.
Hill, 43, worked most recently as assistant city manager in Norfolk, Virginia, overseeing departments and financial operations. He joined city government there in 2009, serving previously as director of finance and business services.
Segarra said Hill has an extensive background in finance. In 2006, he was appointed executive director of the Virginia Resources Authority, the state’s pooled credit agency for local governments, by then-Governor Mark Warner. In that role he oversaw a debt portfolio of more than $1 billion.
Hill is a 1993 graduate of Hampton University. He was born and raised in Hampton, Va.
No start date has been set for Hill, though city officials said he is likely to begin work in early April. His appointment must be approved by the city council.
He will be paid an annual salary of $170,000.
The position of chief operating officer has seen its share of turnover. Corporation Counsel Saundra Kee Borges assumed the job on an interim basis after Panagore’s resignation. But she stepped aside in October, shortly after she and her partner were involved in a car accident with their city-owned vehicle. City hall officials have denied that the accident had anything to do with her leaving the role.
Ilg, who had been working part-time as a special assistant to the mayor, has since served as acting COO.
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